Monday, January 23, 2017

PM comes to North West to launch Industrial Strategy

The Prime Minister brought the cabinet to the North West today, and made a speech outlining her new Industrial Strategy.

The government will be "stepping up to a new, active role", Mrs May said.

The plan was published in a green paper as she held her first regional cabinet meeting in the north-west of England.

Broadband, transport and energy are highlighted in a bid to "align central government infrastructure investment with local growth priorities".

The 10-point plan involves:
  • Investing in science, research and innovation
  • Developing skills
  • Upgrading infrastructure
  • Supporting business to start and grow
  • Improving government procurement
  • Encouraging trade and inward investment
  • Delivering affordable energy and clean growth
  • Cultivating world-leading sectors
  • Driving growth across the whole country
  • Creating the right institutions to bring together sectors and places
"Underpinning this strategy is a new approach to government, not just stepping back and leaving business to get on with the job, but stepping up to a new, active role that backs business and ensures more people in all corners of the country share in the benefits of its success,"  said the prime minister,

"This active government will build on Britain's strategic strengths and tackle our underlying weaknesses, like low productivity."

The green paper sets out ways in which the government can provide support to businesses by addressing regulatory barriers, agreeing trade deals and helping to establish institutions that encourage innovation and skills development.

Mrs May also plans to boost STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills, digital skills and numeracy, including extending specialist maths schools, while £170m will be invested in creating new institutes of technology.

Business leaders welcomed the plan, which also aims to boost life sciences and low-emission vehicles.


Anonymous said...

We don't need an Industrial Strategy the 'market' will provide everything we need.

Chris Whiteside said...

As you have not signed your name I have no idea whether this is a serious comment or an ironic one.

No country in the world has ever operated either a pure free market economy or a pure socialist or "command" economy.

Those nations who have come closest to pure socialism and to abolishing the market have, absolutely without exception, become economic basket cases.

But free markets cannot provide everything, particularly in respect of goods like defence, law & order, and health which are collectively consumed, and although there are successful schools and universities around the world in the private sector, I do not know of a successful modern country which has no state involvement in education and training.

Theresa May obviously considers that we need to do more to help business create jobs and wealth, and I agree.